KTM 500 EXC-F Six Days 2018:Six Days, six wins
KTM has ruled off-road for decades. The special edition Six Days models celebrate this success with special performance upgrades and top-of-the-line components. In 2017 the ISDE (International Six Days of Enduro) will be held in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France and the KTM model line-up has been suitably equipped to handle anything the muddy and rocky terrain can throw at it.
KTM R&D, KISKA Design and the factory racers had their say
in shaping the plastics with one goal: complete harmony
between rider and bike. Perfect ergonomics and contact
points provide maximum comfort in movement on the EXC-F.
The I-beam structures of the front and rear fenders guarantee
maximum stability and a low weight thanks to well thought-out
construction and mounting. They also stay cleaner for longer. Clever
brake hose routing on the front number plate prevents wear and tear.
KTM engineers know how to handle handlebars. This tapered unit,
made of high-strength aluminum by NEKEN, features a throttle
assembly with a robust aluminum body and easy free-play
adjustment. An ODI volcanized grip sits on the right, while
on the left side of the bar a comfortable ODI lock-on grip
requires no glue or wire to secure it. You can retrofit two interchangeable
throttle cams, for different response characteristics to suit
your specific needs. With the standard map select switch you can
select an alternative power characteristic and activate the unique
traction control, a major benefit under wet riding conditions.
Tailored to meet the needs of the world’s fastest backsides, this
durable seat offers great comfort, helping you master the
most challenging terrain all day long.
The WP Xplor 48 upside-down fork is a split fork developed by WP
in close collaboration with KTM. It is fitted with a spring on both
sides but features separated functions for each fork leg:
compression damping is fitted on the left side, while rebound is on
the right. The forks can easily be adjusted for compression and
rebound with the twist of a dial on the top of the forks. New outer
fork tubes and a reworked setting make for more sensitivity, improved
damping behavior and a reduced weight. In addition, a sealed
hydro-stop guarantees excellent resistance to bottoming-out.
Due to high-quality materials and a state-of-the-art production process,
the new WP Xplor 48 fork – with approx. 300mm of travel – has outstanding
response and damping characteristics. A comfortable preload
adjuster is Sixdays standard and allows for a simple spring preload
setting in three steps without tools (standard, +3mm, +6mm).
ENGINE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The state-of-the-art Keihin engine management system with
electronic fuel injection features a 42mm throttle body. Thanks to its
unique injector position, the engine’s response gives a whole new
meaning to the word ‘instantaneous’. Separate circuits for
cold-starting and idle make on-site adjustments easy. Push the throttle
back when the engine is warmed up and the cold start mode disengages.
The high-tech, lightweight chrome-moly steel frame has a knack for
easy handling, outlandish rideability, precise cornering and
excellent stability. You can also count on high torsional rigidity
and low longitudinal stiffness. This results in better absorption
of the energy created from the front and rear suspension sucking
up jumps and bumps. In short: more comfort and less rider
fatigue. Laterally attached, lightweight engine head stays
(the connection between cylinder head and frame) contribute
to a reduced vibration level. Two threaded inserts in the
lower cradle tubes allow for safe fixation of an optional skid plate.
The engineers could pull off all that, while making their frame a big
fat kilogram lighter than that of the lightest competitor on the market.
In addition, it is easier to maintain, easier to work on and
supplies more space for the tank and other components. The bike
also features an extra-light subframe made of stable aluminum
profiles, which tiptoes the scales at less than 900g.
All Sixdays models are fitted with high-end CNC machined triple
clamps anodized in orange and an offset of 22mm, ensuring
a solid grip of the fork and precise handling. The handlebar
is adjustable forwards and backwards over 4 positions, so
the bike will fit you like your favorite gloves.
You can’t brake any harder, better, faster or stronger. High-tech Brembo
calipers are combined with lightweight Wave brake discs. The
steel-flex front brake hose has efficient protection and there’s
an integrated channel for the speedometer cable. First you
outrun them, then you outbrake them.
SIX DAYS EQUIPMENT
Six Days seat for improved long-distance comfort, Exclusive Six Days
graphics with a striking design, Handlebar map select switch,
Handlebar with Six Days logo, Six Days silencer (anthracite anodized
and with Six Days logo), Machined orange anodized triple
clamps for extremely precise fork clamping and optimum fork
function, Radiator fan for all 4-stroke models to optimize
temperature management in extreme conditions, Floating front
brake disc for consistent braking performance in extreme conditions,
Solid rear brake disc (no slots/holes) for improved heat resistance
and reduced brake pad wear, Supersprox Stealth 2-component
rear sprocket with an aluminum inner ring and steel outer ring
for maximum durability, Front axle puller for simple front wheel
removal, Orange frame, Engine guard for effective engine
protection, Orange chain guide
|Design||1-cylinder, 4-stroke engine|
|Starting aid||Electric starter|
|Secondary gearr ratio||14:50|
|Clutch||Wet, DDS multi-disc clutch, Brembo hydraulics|
Chrome-molybdenum steel central-tube frame
|Front suspension||WP-USD Xplor 48 with preload adjuster|
WP Xplor PDS shock absorber
|Suspension travel Front||300 mm|
|Suspension travel Rear||310 mm|
|Rear brake||Disc brakes|
|Brake discs - diameter Front||260 mm|
|Brake discs - diameter Rear||220 mm|
|Steering head angle||63.5°|
|Ground clearance, unloaded||355 mm|
|Seat height||960 mm|
|Tank capacity (approx.)||8.5 l|
|Weight READY TO RACE (without fuel)||107 kg|